Pamela Dorazio Dean

Pamela Dorazio Dean, Associate Curator for Italian American History, Western Reserve Historical Society

Saving History - Intern Lindsey Fischer Shares Her Story

April 2017
About five years ago, Lindsey Fischer interned with the Italian American Collection as part of class requirements for her senior year at Solon High School. Lindsey was looking for an interesting project and was drawn to the collection due to her...


Nominate an Honoree for Cleveland Italian Heritage Month

April 2017
The city of Cleveland kicks off Italian American Heritage Month with a celebration at City Hall on the first Monday in October. This year, the event will be on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Councilman Matt Zone...


Italian Classes at the WRHS Cleveland History Center

April 2017
Instructor Serena Scaiola will teach Beginning Italian and Intermediate Italian this spring at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle. Both are 8-week courses and are designed for individuals with little to no previous knowledge of...


Saving History: The Fragapane Family Immigration Album

March 2017
Immigration is the first chapter in the history of Italians in America. Immigration stories answer important questions like why did a person or family leave Italy, how did they travel and where did they settle when they arrived in the U.S. They are...


Saving history: Literature in the Italian American Collection

February 2017
Of interest to the majority of patrons who access the WRHS Italian American Collection are original photographs and documents. Both relate, a lot, to the Italian American community and, because they are original, make a good connection to the past....


Let's Talk About "Lit"

February 2017
For about five years, Connie Sancetta, Italian American Cultural Foundation president and WRHS Council on Italian American History chairperson, has been hosting a small group of people who meet to discuss Italian and Italian American literature....


Saving history: Where's the Chef?

January 2017
One of my duties as Curator for Italian American History is to assist researchers with inquiries into Italian American history, be it for genealogy, school projects, articles, books, or general interest. I often direct researchers to the resources...


Saving history: Hope Finds Fiorelli

December 2016
They called him the “East Side Baritone.” William Angelo Fiorelli was just a teenager when his melodious voice developed and he sang wherever he could in his home town of Cleveland. The son of Charles and Grace Fiorelli, immigrants from...


Saving history: Professor Pietro Oddo and the Verdi Italian Band

November 2016
The Italian Banda, a band comprised mostly of brass instruments, can be traced back in Italy to the early 19th century. It has its roots in the military band tradition. The bande brought opera and classical music to those who could not afford to...


Saving history: Last Year in the Past

October 2016
Each year a number of activities are undertaken through efforts of the Western Reserve Historical Society and by me as Curator for Italian American History to save the history of our Italian American community. While some of those activities are...


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